The focal image is from the Stayin Afloat Set (Sku#4239). I changed up my coloring tools this week - water coloring with Tombows. I stamped the images onto watercolor paper, sprinkled with emboss powder, and heat set.
Next, I used the water based markers to watercolor each image. I worked in one small area at a time using a combination of direct and in-direct methods to fill in color. For the direct method, I colored directly onto the paper with the markers and then spread the color with a water brush, starting in the lightest area - and always starting with a clean brush. In very small areas, I colored just a small amount and left part of the area without color - that would be the "lightest" color that I started in. For the in-direct method, I scribbled the marker onto a pallet and picked up color with a water brush. As with traditional water coloring, I wet the area first. TIP: if you want more contrast, you can add a darker color after an area drys - this works with both methods. Be sure to still wet the whole area, so you don't get hard lines. After I finished coloring, I cut out the image.
I colored two of the buttons in the kit to match.
I laid the image over lovely design papers and finished it off with embellishments - all from GF Card Kit 2 (Sku#4303). I used brads for earnings.
On the inside I stamped a sentiment that comes with the set on design paper and added a punched butterfly. I used a black pen to draw his antenna and dots on his body.
Take care and STAY POSITIVE!